With the Prime Minister expected to make an announcement, as the 28-day cycle for the Covid-19 restrictions ends on Sunday, the Barkeepers and Operators Association of Trinidad and Tobago (BOATT) has announced health and safety protocols in the event in-house dining is allowed or more than five persons can gather.
The Association said that all the necessary steps have been undertaken to ensure all outlets are fully COVID 19 compliant.
All other member establishments have been fully cleaned and sanitized in order to eliminate and minimize the spread of the Coronavirus.
Additionally, the Association listed some of the Health and Safety protocols implemented for the protection of our staff and patrons at our establishments:
1. The institution of social distancing regulations for seating at tables which are placed at a minimum of 6 feet apart which will result in no more than 50% capacity.
2. Mandatory use of Personal Protective Equipment such as masks, gloves, and face shields by staff.
3. Temperature checks of all staff before they report for duty and patrons upon entry.
4. Sanitization stations available at all entry points and hand sanitizer available within the establishments.
5. Masks to be worn on entry & exit and while moving around within the establishments. Masks are only to be removed if necessary
when seated at a table in accordance with the Ministry of Health guidelines.
6. Increased mandatory sanitization of all high contact areas and surfaces including doorknobs, counters, tables, chairs, washrooms, and amusement gaming machines during & after operational hours.
7. Appropriate signage informing & reminding customers of rules associated with the “New Normal”.
8. Sneezeguards at bar counters for proper separation of patrons and bar staff
9. No seating at bar counters.
10. Prioritization of outdoor seating versus indoor seating.
The Association said it stands firm in its position that proper adherence and enforcement of the health guidelines are necessary at this time in all business and public settings and would like to urge all bar owners to do so.
It also believes that all businesses that do not adhere to the proper health guidelines should feel the full brunt of the law.
The Association said it continues to engage all stakeholders and strive for excellence according to World Health standards to ensure that COVID 19 remains under control in Trinidad and Tobago.